Raiders dominate nonconference opponents
The Marathon High School boys basketball team clobbered Colby, 61-29, on Monday and on Tuesday downed Neillsville, 51-48 in overtime, in nonconference action. Last week Thursday the Raiders defeated Pittsville, 65-42, and remain undefeated in the Marawood South Division.
Against Colby, the Raiders jumped out to an early lead, grabbing a 21-2 advantage after the first eight minutes of play. By halftime the Raiders were up, 30-8, and never looked back.
On Tuesday, the battle for the Raiders was a little tougher as the Warriors pushed the game into overtime, but Marathon pulled off the win.
The Athens High School boys basketball team suffered losses to Auburndale and Chequamegon last week and was downed by Phillips on Tuesday, 77-43.
The Jays suffered a 60-53 loss to Chequamegon last week Friday despite leading 23-18 at halftime. The Screaming Eagles took advantage of a big third quarter where they outscored Athens, 18-6, to go on to win the game.
Against Auburndale on Thursday, the Jays were defeated 63-51.
In Tuesday’s loss to the Loggers, the Jays struggled in the second quarter, going from a one-point deficit to trailing 15-30 at the half. The Loggers added 28 more points in the third to command a 58-28 lead going into the final stanza.
The Edgar boys basketball team defeated Colfax on Saturday in a nonconference matchup, 47-39, and on Tuesday downed Rib Lake, 52-36.
“I was really impressed with the way we defended all game long,” Edgar head coach David Huss said. “We were able to limit one of their top players [Sawyer DeMoe] inside and that forced them to primarily shoot contested jump shots. Offensively, we took care of the ball, shared it, and were able to score from both inside the paint and from beyond the arc.”
On Tuesday the Redmen and Wildcats had evenly fought first and last periods but Edgar dominated the second and third. With a two-point lead after the first stanza, Edgar outscored Rib Lake by ten in the second to grab a 30-18 halftime lead. By the end of the third the Cats were up, 40-24, and both teams put in 12 points in the final quarter.
“I am very proud of the way we defended for a whole 32 minutes,” Huss said of Tuesday’s game. “Rib Lake has a very good offense with some excellent outside shooters. I thought we contested shots well and made them earn their points. Offensively, we were able to move the ball and share the wealth, evident with three scorers in double figures.”
The Stratford High School boys basketball team suffered a 65-40 loss to Wausau Newman last week Friday and a 48-35 loss to Auburndale on Tuesday.
The Tigers hung with the Cardinals through the first and final periods but were held to just five and eight points, respectively, in the second and third quarters while Newman put in more than twice as many points.
The Tigers played three evenly-matched quarters with the Apaches on Tuesday but the third quarter did them in. Trailing by just two points at the end of both the first and the second period, the Tigers allowed Auburndale to put in 21 points in the third quarter while scoring just 10 themselves. Both teams put in nine points in the final stanza.
To read the full write-up from this week’s boys basketball action, pick up the Jan. 28, 2015, issue of The Record-Review or subscribe online at http://www.centralwinews.com/subscribe-rr-tp